Spin or No Spin?

Lettuce that is! I had a coupon last month to get a salad spinner at Costo for $5 off. I have never owned a lettuce –  fruit spinner before. Well the verdict is still out for me. I thought it did an okay job on the lettuce but I am not sure it is worth the effort and the space this gadget takes up in the cupboard. I have always rinsed my lettuce, veggies and fruits and then let them air dry on towels. My old way does take longer for the veggies and fruits to dry than giving them a “spin” so I will use it a few more times and see how it goes. I think it would work well for fresh herbs.


After a “spin”  in the Kitchen Aid salad spinner!


Before eating fresh vegetables and fruits I like to give them a little “spa” treatment (my daughter Katy coined this phrase) with Fit fruit and vegetable wash. It is available at most grocery stores. It claims to remove 98% more chemicals and wax than plain water.

You spray the produce, rub for one minute and rinse. The color of the produce after the wash is so much more vibrant than when it is washed with just plain water. I was amazed at the difference.

I find myself buying more and more organic produce but not everything. Sometimes the cost is just a few pennies more for organic and other times it can be dollars! For those non organic purchases I feel better about eating them after giving them the “spa” treatment.

Do you use a spinner for your fruits and veggies? How do you wash your produce? Do you buy organic? Leave me a comment and let’s compare notes!

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  1. Carol says:

    Tami, I have a salad spinner but only use it when I wash spinach. For lettuce, I like to do it the same way you do. I can have it washed & draining faster than it takes me to haul out the spinner.
    I buy a lot of organic in the winter but in the summer I grow all my fresh veggies..or most of them.

    1. Tami says:

      Carol that confirms what I thought, it takes a lot more time just to get the spinner out and then you have another dish to wash! I will try using it for spinach, I have some in the frig right now.

      I admire your gardening skills, and what better way to make sure you are getting chemical free, fresh produce. I do have an organic farmer’s market that I go to and plenty of organic produce available in my grocery stores.

      1. Carol says:

        If we didn’t have our garden I would definitely be going to the Farmer’s Market. Every year I say no more garden but here it is February & we have over 30 tomato seedlings up already. By May we’ll have some nice plants for the garden…not all 30 though!!

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